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It was supposed to be a secret, but President Duterte accidentally spilled it: P50 million had been paid to Abu Sayyaf bandits for the freedom of Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad.
President Duterte crowed that the career of Sen. Leila de Lima was over, shortly before disclosing a “matrix” to buttress his allegation that she was linked to the illegal drug trade.
Abu Sayyaf bandits beheaded an 18-year-old male captive in Indanan, Sulu province, on Tuesday after they failed to get ransom from the boy’s family, the military confirmed yesterday.
After eight weeks in office, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano made good on his promise to see to the land reform coverage of Hacienda Luisita, the vast sugar plantation owned by the Cojuangco family of former President Benigno Aquino III in Tarlac province.
In the fight against illegal drugs, the judiciary’s role is to “keep the social fabric intact, address people’s cry for justice, and thereby prevent society’s descent to anarchy,” Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said on Thursday
It is becoming clearer that the success of the Duterte administration depends on a Faustian bargain; all the exhilarating headway made in the peace negotiations with the longest-running communist insurgency in this part of the world, all the bold ambition to implement the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in partnership with others, all the newfound consensus on the need to finally get started on railways in Mindanao, all the debate on the emergency powers to resolve the traffic crisis in Metro Manila, all the sense of possibility that President Duterte inspired with his resonant inaugural address—all this is premised on a bloody war on illegal drugs, with the lives of innocent victims and suspected criminals, none of them convicted by a rule of court, making a holocaust on the altar of political purpose.
In retrospect, all the P-words uttered by the lead actor in the unexpected blockbuster of a film, “Heneral Luna,” was an uncanny prefiguring of President Duterte and the trademark cussing he spouts almost daily for public consumption.
Time and again, and for various reasons, calls have been made for the abolition of the National Food Authority (NFA). Recently, Secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco Jr. was reported to have indicated that he would propose the NFA’s abolition to President Duterte.
The sharp dive in global oil prices has left most Middle East countries foundering, the glut in supply all but drowning oil producing-countries in its wake.
A strict accounting of the Marcos medals that would include such essential details as the General Order number, the date of issue and the issuing headquarters would reveal the following:
“Fatty” food, luxury items as well as casino and lotto winnings would be slapped taxes if the Duterte administration’s proposed tax policy reform program, which would result in a net revenue gain of P368.1 billion to the government by 2019, prospers in Congress.
Gaming technology provider Philweb Corp. saw a glimmer of hope from President Duterte’s fresh pronouncement that he would allow online gaming under certain conditions, such as payment of taxes and appropriate distance from schools or churches. Shares of Philweb surged by 50 percent while shares of bingo operator Leisure & Resort advanced by 49.86 percent.
Embattled gaming technology service provider Philweb Corp. has proposed to the state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) a mobile phone-based lottery platform that is seen to generate between P50 billion and P100 billion in potential annual revenues.
Security Bank Corp. is making its debut as a Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) member on Sept. 12, replacing integrated gaming resort developer Bloomberry Resorts Corp.
The Department of Budget and Management has ordered agencies to “get rid” of luxury vehicles being used for their transport needs while the Department of Finance will move to slap higher taxes on expensive imported cars.
RIO DE JANEIRO—A Summer Olympics that will be remembered for its carnival celebration of the triumph of the human spirit as much as the good, the bad and the ugly among its athletes came to a spectacular close Sunday night (Monday morning in Manila) at the iconic Maracaña Stadium. It didn’t matter if it rained […]
RIO DE JANEIRO―Shaking to samba and expressing a sense of longing with uniquely Brazilian words, Olympians and fans said goodbye to the Rio Games with one last big bash that was both revelatory and a sigh of relief.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Always considered a serious source of medal for the country in international competitions, taekwondo produced another big egg in the Olympic Games on Saturday after its lone entry, Kirstie Elaine Alora, failed to get past the repechage phase. Not a single Filipino has ever reached an Olympic semifinal over the past eight Summer […]
RIO DE JANEIRO—Thrown a lifeline by the same fighter who spoiled her Olympic debut, Kirstie Elaine Alora blew her shot at redemption against a second foe and came to grief at Carioca Arena 3 Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila). Alora put up a brave stand against the much-taller Wiam Dislam of Morocco before surrendering […]
Contrary to folklore, lifting heavy weights won’t stun your growth, according to Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz.
The easiest way to inject spunk into a fashion-shy man’s look is through a nice pair of footwear.
Tucked in La Panday Building in Makati, Idée is a boutique that views clothes as an expression of individuality and ease of movement.
SLOWLY generating buzz as the soon-to-be-hottest lifestyle hub in Makati is Karrivin Plaza’s The Alley, a (so far, still) quiet strip of well-curated establishments in Makati City that promises to merge good food, fine taste, intriguing art and great coffee.
ECLECTIC décor, a style that harmonizes disparate periods, textures and colors, is a favorite of many interior designers. While it’s fun to mix and match, it’s also a challenge not to make the room look like a mishmash of styles.
The Rio 2016 Olympics is a display of strength, power, sportsmanship—and round red marks on many athletes’ bodies, with prominent attention given to the back of the greatest Olympian, Michael Phelps.
PO2 Mariano Perez Flormata Jr., better known as Neil Perez or “Mr. Gwapulis,” is thankful for the opportunities that have resulted from his Mr. International victory two years ago.
As the screens sprang to life, showing a languorous cascade of petals, the audience—a horde of tightly packed bodies itching to dance—erupted into roars. And when finally the DJ duo The Chainsmokers emerged onstage; the synths, which had been simmering for a while, morphed into a series of cadenced blasts.
Sarah Jessica Parker goes from “Sex and the City (SATC)” to “Divorce.” From her iconic, stiletto-wearing fashionista Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica transforms herself into a used-clothes wearing mother of two who is going through a strained relationship, not with Mr. Big, but with her husband, Robert (Thomas Haden Church).
On Sunday, Aug. 21, only three young artists were left standing after all the singing was done. “The Voice Kids,” or TVK, is approaching the end of its third season with these three: Antonetthe Tismo for Team Sharon, Justin Alva for Team Bamboo, and Joshua Oliveros for Team Lea.
Well, no one can really blame Scandalous Nymphet for wanting to rewrite history.